September 20th Playbook

Wagner goes to television to court Philly voters, while Wolf hits the radio to release a country jingle ad. Here is the Playbook.

PA Gov: Wagner Courts Philly Voters, Wolf Goes Country: A 30 second television ad and a minute long radio ad are the latest in the race for Governor.

PA10: Scott Pushes Bipartisanship Message in 2nd Ad: He vouches for good paying jobs, affordable healthcare, and protecting senior benefits.  

PA11: Smucker 1st TV Ad Boasts Medicare and Tax Reform: The GOP incumbent touts medicare support and the GOP tax reform bill.

Legislative Election Update:

SD-34: Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman released a new campaign video Tuesday afternoon featuring Sue Paterno.

SD-06: Democrat Tina Davis, running for State Senate in Bucks County, released a new campaign ad highlighting a personal story and advocating for local causes and specific policies.  

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Harrisburg & DC
PennLive: With Obama inbound for Bob Casey, is Lou Barletta campaigning like it’s 2008? | Wednesday Morning Coffee
PennLive: Stephen MacNett was ‘the glue that bound’ the Senate GOP Caucus and respected by Democrats as well
PennLive: Pa. 10th District U.S. House candidates share a table at Rotary forum, share differences on issues  
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Absentee ballots; wooing Trump supporters in Norco
AP: Pennsylvania’s ban on gambling contributions struck down
Billy Penn: Will PA redistricting reform come from the House Speaker — or a 12-year-old?
AP: Trump: 9/11 memorial renewed my resolve to build border wall
PLSReporter: With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report
PLSReporter: Philadelphia Closer to Offering Municipal IDs
WITF: Pa., an outlier in life-without-parole, faces growing push for change
WITF: Pa. state police upping presence in certain schools
Dallas Business Journal: Amazon’s HQ2 announcement won’t come before midterms, says site-selection expert
Philly Voice: Milton Street to bring his video-poker pitch to City Hall this week   
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf calls on Legislature to act on bills to help sex crime victims
The Times Leader: UPDATE: DEP cannot confirm Hazleton-area mine fire extinguished
The Times Leader: Cartwright bill would eliminate coal royalty loophole
PennLive: Judge nixes Cosby request to step down; sentencing Monday
Morning Call: What they’re saying about Pennsylvania lawmaker’s bill banning political talks in schools    

Philadelphia
Billy Penn: Civil asset forfeiture reform: Don’t expect Philly DA and police to stop seizing money anytime soon
WHYY Newsworks: Planning Commission vetos bill that would help Philly community groups pay for insurance
WHYY Newsworks: Homeless increase in Kensington has city councilwoman angrily calling for answers
AP: Judge steps aside in homicide case against ex-officer
WHYY Newsworks: Philly and Newark, N.J., rank among best places for immigrants to live
Philadelphia Tribune: Street renaming for former Mayor Goode reopens old wounds from MOVE bombing
Billy Penn: Councilwoman wants to put the brakes on shady daycares in Northwest Philly
Philly Voice: Milton Street to bring his video-poker pitch to City Hall this week
Inquirer: Cops and community members have found a new place to engage: The barbershop

SEPA
Inquirer: Democrat Madeleine Dean to amend financial report in Montco Congress race
Inquirer: In misleading ad, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick ties Dem opponent to cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal
Daily Local News: Killion introduces new state housing tax credit bill
Montgomery Media: Norristown council passes local hiring resolution
Bucks County Courier Times: Doylestown won’t consider single hauler despite rise in trash rates

Pittsburgh
WESA: Judge Presiding Over East Pittsburgh Police Officer’s Case Recuses Self
Tribune Review: Congressional candidates to address voters at Pittsburgh Mills mall
Tribune Review: North Huntingdon appoints police chief
Tribune Review: North Huntingdon debates ex-chief’s suit settlement
Tribune Review: Springdale opts out of county police review board, other communities unsure
Pittsburgh Business Times: Redevelopment plans in the works for ‘epicenter of the growth’ in Pittsburgh’s East End
WESA: Reschenthaler Drums Up Support In New 14th Congressional District
Post-Gazette: East Pittsburgh council continues to debate fate of borough police force  
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court takes up Allegheny County case on recording inmate jail visits

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: State Secretary of Agriculture visits Washington County food bank
Altoona Mirror: Blair County asked to support loan
Altoona Mirror: Rep. Irvin announces state grants
Altoona Mirror: Cambria seminar addresses blight
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf calls on Legislature to act on bills to help sex crime victims
Beaver County Times: Judge rejects FirstEnergy’s bonus retention plan for nuke plant workers

NEPA
The Times Leader: Cartwright bill would eliminate coal royalty loophole
Citizens Voice: W-B mayor to attend crime watch meeting
Citizens Voice: Organization uses games to teach lesson on congressional districts
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board to review law, policies for handling employees named in grand jury presentment
Times-Tribune: University student dismissed for being gay to enroll at Lackawanna College
Times-Tribune: Cummings blames state AG’s office for county’s prison legal bills
The Times Leader: Councilman: Grant dispersal shouldn’t be sole discretion of county manager
The Times Leader: UPDATE: DEP cannot confirm Hazleton-area mine fire extinguished

South Central
PennLive: Pa. 10th District U.S. House candidates share a table at Rotary forum, share differences on issues
York Dispatch: River-Lytle kicks off 93rd District campaign with Gov. Wolf, Fetterman
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County commissioners continue to put pressure on Sunoco for meeting
PennLive: Harrisburg School District to have chief recovery officer appointed by state: report
PennLive: Look out crooks! Cumberland County DA speeds up testing of DNA from crime scenes
York Daily Record: Ps. priest exploited teen’s confession of ‘sin’ to groom her for sexual abuse
LNP | LancasterOnline: Conservative radio host Ken Matthews to speak at Lancaster GOP dinner

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Absentee ballots; wooing Trump supporters in Norco
Morning Call: What they’re saying about Pennsylvania lawmaker’s bill banning political talks in schools
Morning Call: Proposed bill would give Allentown School District more votes on LCTI board
Morning Call: Allentown Council deadlocks on Alan Jennings’ appointment after tax concerns raised
Morning Call: Accidental vote by Allentown City Council cuts city take-home vehicle fleet in half
Morning Call: Allentown refinances debt, frees $1 million for depleted cash reserve
Reading Eagle: Reading’s outgoing managing director warns of the city’s worsening reputation
Reading Eagle: Superintendents’ forum: A digital approach to emergency preparedness in Berks
Express Times: The mayor got kicked out, but a town meeting could continue. Here’s why.

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Why is the Catholic Diocese of Erie transferring property?
Centre Daily Times: Frat brothers face judgment for their roles in Beta Theta Pi case
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Elizabeth Smart speaks at Lock Haven University
Erie Times-News: Erie to host 2019 Pennsylvania Downtown Center conference

Opinion
Solomon Jones: Why should black people vote Democrat?
Sterling Keith Johnson and Jillian Bauer-Reese: City Council once adopted a resolution to consider giving people free crack. Let’s bring it back.  
Inquirer Editorial Board: City Council’s construction tax drama over; now the work begins
Siobhan Reardon: 10 things you didn’t know you could do with a library card
Trudy Rubin: Meet Qais and Mai: Exactly the kind of immigrant couple America should be welcoming
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The opioids crisis: Congress makes progress in an uphill battle
Brian O’Neill: It’s our last chance to shrink America’s Largest Full-Time Legislature
Ruth Ann Dailey: Pittsburgh is not ‘livable’ for the homeless
John L. Micek: This Adams County lawmaker just had the worst idea of the week. And it’s only Wednesday

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